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The application to the Honors Program consists of:

  1. An online application form,
  2. A letter of recommendation to the Honors Program, and
  3. An informational meeting.

The Honors Program application is completely separate from the general University application and opens on September 1 each year. You will need your UP Applicant Portal username and password to complete Honors Program Application, even though the application is separate. If you are having difficulty logging in, contact the Office of Admissions at 503.943.7147 or

When you complete the Honors Program online application form, you will need to provide the following information:

  • Contact Information
  • Name, title/position, employer, and email address of person submitting your letter of recommendation
  • “Who I Am” Essay Requirements
    Write an essay that gives us a clear sense of who you are both in and out of an academic setting. Use any of the following words—or their opposites—in composing your essay: innovative, impulsive, artistic, courageous, devout, compassionate, independent, decisive, perseverant, flaky, outspoken, respectful, passionate, rational, pensive, detailed, competitive, outgoing, confident, genuine, optimistic, curious, reflective, focused, empathetic, solitary, patient, flexible.
    4000 character maximum length (approximately 600 words).

The online application form is unable to be saved; prepare your essay in advance and paste it into the application when you are ready to submit. 

The Fall 2023 Application is now available here.

If you are unable to complete an online application form, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement at 503.943.8624 to make alternate arrangements.

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